FACTS AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE REGULATORY DROUGHT

News Updates!

Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan Update – – March 6, 2017

These California and Oregon farmers lost water in 2001. Now they want to be paid. – – January 27, 2017

Assemblymember Adam Gray’s Letter to the Water Board

 

Statement by Assemblymember Adam C. Gray to the State Water Resources Control Board

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Adam Gray: Water board plan operates in a silo; we have better ideas

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“Will state water grab could cost California billions of dollars?”

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Money, energy should be spent studying where our groundwater comes from

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WATCH State Water Resources Control Board Hearings Full Videos:
Modesto, December 20,2016, Modesto, CA
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Merced, December 19,2016, Merced, CA
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Stockton, December 16,2016, Stockton, CA
http://bit.ly/2hXRMa4
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Modesto-area farmers, residents make impassioned plea to water board

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Watch Assemblymember Adam Gray turn in the latest signed petitions as he speak in Modesto to the Water Board in Opposition to their plan to create a “Regulatory Drought” only for the Valley by taking 40% of our water. Sign the petition here: www.StopTheRegulatoryDrought.com

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Fed-up farmers drive tractors to protest at state water board hearing

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Merced crowd decries river flow plan

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State lies about our rivers, Delta to feed its craving for ever more water

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Merced Water Board Meeting: Assemblyman Adam Gray speaking in opposition to the plan to take 40% of the Valley’s Water.

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Our View: If the state carries out its plan, our region will suffer

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OID, SSJID warn of harm from river flow plan

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California’s plan for river flows will be devastating for our region

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Hilmar FFA members argue to state panel against raising river flows

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Sides brace for hearing on river flow plan

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Economics of state’s water grab don’t add up

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Bay Delta Water Plan SED: Next Steps

 

November 21, 2016 – – Economics of state’s water grab don’t add up

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September 20, 2016 – – Assembly-members Adam Gray and Kristin Olsen requested that the Water Board accept over 3,100 petitions and comments from locals for inclusion in the official record. Gray and Olsen requested the Water Board take specific actions to better inform itself about the economic consequences their proposal would have on local Valley communities. Read the letter to the water board here.

Three hearings have already been scheduled. Please save these dates and join me and your neighbors.

December 16, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, Main Hall
525 N Center Street
Stockton, CA 95202

December 19, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Merced Theatre,
301 W. Main Street
Merced, CA 95340

December 20, 2016
9:00 a.m.
Modesto Centre Plaza, Tuolumne River Room
1000 K Street
Modesto, CA 95354

January 3, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Joe Serna Jr. – CalEPA Headquarters Building, Coastal Hearing Room
1001 I Street, Second Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

 

New Stories on the Water Board’s Proposed Actions

October 12, 2016 – – California reforms target workers’ compensation fraud

October 5, 2016 – – Merced County Letter to Chairwoman Marcus

September 30, 2016 – – Learn from history … fight to keep your water

September 28, 2016 – – Valley leaders take issue with state water board’s explanation

September 26, 2016 – -River flow plan will get airing at Modesto meetings

September 22, 2016 – – Heath Flora: Does state really need these unaccountable bureaucrats?

September 21, 2016 – – Gov. Brown is right, we must ‘agree’ on rivers

September 20, 2016 – – Modesto-area lawmakers protest river flow plan

September 20, 2016 – – Gray and Olsen Deliver 3,100 Petitions to State Water Board

Water Board Declares Water War on Merced and Stanislaus Counties

The updated proposal from the State Water Resources Control Board would boost flows to 40 percent of pre-dam levels from February to June each year. The initial plan in 2012 was 35 percent.
THE STATE WATER BOARD HAS IGNORED LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS’ REQUESTS THAT THE BOARD FULLY ENGAGE THEM IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING THE BAY DELTA PLAN IN ORDER TO ADDRESS DRINKING WATER QUANTITY, QUALITY AND OTHER LOCAL CONCERNS.

In response to repeated requests from local stakeholders, the State Water Resources Control Board finally agreed to hold a meeting to discuss the impacts of the Board’s flows proposal on local drinking water quality and quantity. The meeting took place on October 8th, 2015. It was the first time in the process of updating the Bay Delta Plan (which began in 2013) that the State Board directly engaged with local drinking water community representatives and the groups most impacted by their proposal. The meeting was organized by Stanislaus County and questions had been submitted to the State Board in advance to help frame the discussion.

The Board’s representative said the submitted questions and any other questions would be answered in writing prior to the release of the updated draft of the report. That would have let the local communities examine and review the base assumptions, modeling and data used to formulate the alternative recommendations. After this meeting however, State Board staff decided that they would only address the questions in the upcoming draft report. An audio tape of the meeting is available below.

As of July 2016, there is no evidence that any State Board staff has had any further discussions with the local officials responsible for drinking water quality and quantity in the basins most impacted by the proposed recommendations in the Bay Delta Plan. Below are the requests that local stakeholders sent to the State Water Board requesting to be engaged in the planning process. Unfortunately, the State Board’s updated recommended actions have been determined without any comprehensive discussions with the communities most impacted.

AS ORIGINALLY DRAFTED, GRAY’S AB 1242 WOULD HAVE REQUIRED THE STATE TO MITIGATE IMPACTS ON GROUNDWATER DUE TO INCREASED FLOW REQUIREMENTS

Assemblyman Adam Gray introduced AB 1242 to require the mitigation of groundwater impacts resulting from implementation of the proposed Bay Delta Plan. Letters of support for the legislation and news articles on bill’s fate and consequences are included below.

As amended, AB 1242 would require the State to establish mandated goals for increases in water supply. By 2025, there would be a required increase of 25% in California’s water supply. That amount would grow to 50% by 2050. The bill would permit water supply increases from a variety of sources, including groundwater recharge, desalination, and water recycling.

Bay Delta Plan

Articles

Letters

Correspondence Assemblymember Gray sent on this matter

City Letters

Impacts to Region concerns expressed by local advocacy groups

Concerns about a safe drinking water supply by local public health and environmental officials

Safe drinking water concerns for our school children

Limited replies to district concerns by the State Water Resources Control Board

Broad Coalition of Support from all Water Districts and Authorities on flows

AB 1242 support letters

 

October 2015 Meeting with the Water Board

Regulatory Drought